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New Central Data Repository For Containers Online

This article was posted on July 20th, 2016 by under News

The BIC Technical Characteristics Database (TCD) allows shippers to obtain container characteristics by using the container’s operational number. The focus has been on container tare weight for method 2 of the SOLAS Verified Gross Mass (VGM) declarations, thereby enabling shippers to access this information more easily.


For shippers, surcharges without explanation

This article was posted on July 19th, 2016 by under News

Shippers from all over the world are now confronted with extra surcharges, longer lead times and changed cut-off times imposed by other stakeholders in the maritime supply chain. These charges are applied without any sensible explanation and regardless of shippers being compliant before or since July 1st or being not compliant at all.


Approval National Parliaments Necessary for CETA Deal

This article was posted on July 12th, 2016 by under News

After pressure from Member States the Commission has decided on July 5, 2016, to use the mixed agreement to ratify the trade deal between the EU and Canada, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). This means that the approval of national parliaments is necessary.


New Action Plan for Rail Freight Transport in the Orient/East-Med Corridor

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During the TEN-T Days conference in Rotterdam on June 21, 2016, transport ministers of eight EU countries located along the Orient/East-Med Corridor have signed a declaration for an action plan on rail freight transport. They aim to remove bottlenecks and enhance the efficiency of rail transport between their countries.


Report on Waterway Transport

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Inland Navigation Europe (INE), an European platform of national and regional waterway managers and organizations, has published its annual report which discusses waterway transport.